Paisley Fighting to Stay in Euro Q-School Finals

Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley needs a solid round Tuesday to stay alive at the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.

Paisley opened the scheduled six-rounds-in-six-days tournament with a 67 Saturday, but followed that start with rounds of 71 and 73 the last two days to fall into a tie for 74th place. That places the Newcastle, England, native just outside the cut line (top 70 and ties) for advancement to the final two rounds in Girona, Spain.

Paisley, who was a Vols team captain in 2009 and four-year letterman, advanced to the finals of Europe's Q-School by finishing fourth at his Second Qualifying Stage on Dec. 2-5 in Murcia, Spain. Paisley posted 9 under par after rounds of 72, 65, 70 and 68 against a field of 72 golfers.

Five days later, he was teeing it up with 156 contestants vying for spots either on the 2012 European PGA Tour or Challenge Tour, which is equivalent to the Nationwide Tour in the United States. The top 30 players plus ties at the final stage become eligible for Category 11 Membership on the European Tour, which usually translates into approximately 18 tournaments appearances.

Players who make the cut but finish below 30th place are eligible for Category 14 (limited) Membership on the European Tour and Category 7 Membership on the Challenge Tour. Players who miss the cut are eligible for limited membership on the Challenge Tour.

Paisley sparkled in 2011 on the Alps Tour, winning three times in only eight starts with one second- and one third-place finish to earn more than $37,000. He also competed in 10 Challenge Tour events, making seven cuts and finishing 68th on the money list with winnings of nearly $33,000.

The current European Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

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